United Way of Coastal Georgia president and CEO Virginia Brown introduces United Way ambassadors Alan Ours, from left, Paulo Albuquerque, Randall Morris, and Paul McKenzie during the United Way kickoff breakfast Thursday morning.
United Way raises about a third of annual goal so far
United Way of Coastal Georgia has raised more than 30 percent of its $900,000 goal for the 2018-2019 traditional workplace giving campaign, which began two months ago. “The good news is we are 33 percent of our goal, which is ahead of where we were last year,” said Virginia Brown, president and CEO of the local United Way, on Monday. The workplace giving campaign, which kicked off Sept. 7, typically raises the most money for United Way annually, Brown said.
Brown and Donna Leggett, director of development and marketing for the local United Way, are busy now making presentations to local businesses, encouraging them to donate. The presentations focus on the challenges faced by the community that United Way is fighting to address and provides statistics that capture the needs of this area. The money raised will stay local and go to nonprofits working to address issues of health, education and financial stability in the community.
· The Brunswick News
We have seen and heard the numbers before, but they still are eye opening.
The United Way of Coastal Georgia kicked off its annual fundraising campaign this year and reminded us again that poverty is widespread in Southeast Georgia.
In Brunswick, 35 percent of children live in poverty. The rate is the same in McIntosh County. In unincorporated Glynn County, 28.8 percent of children live in poverty. About a quarter of children living in Glynn County go hungry
Fighting that poverty takes a united front and a massive effort from the community. This year, the United Way is seeking to raise $900,000 to fight poverty and the issues that come with it. The money, which is raised locally, will go to increasing access to health care and education and to aiding local families and children in need. It is a noble cause that is worth our time and effort as a community.
“United We Fight” is a fitting theme for the campaign this year. Addressing these local issues cannot be the work of only one individual or organization. Minimizing the impacts of poverty and finding ways to aid local people and families in their struggle to climb out of it requires a large group effort.
LOCAL LEADERS STEP UP AS AMBASSADORS FOR ATYPICAL “JOIN THE FIGHT” FUNDRAISING DRIVE
United Way of Coastal Georgia Calls On Everyone in Glynn and McIntosh Counties to Join the Fight
BRUNSWICK, Ga., Sept. 6, 2018 – Some very familiar faces from Glynn and McIntosh counties are stepping up to lead the charge for this year’s United Way fundraising campaign in Coastal Georgia, which officially kicks off today.
You can expect to see them pictured individually on selected billboards and other signage throughout the area, as well as on social media platforms, delivering emotional messages and challenging local residents to donate and become part of “United We Fight,” the nonprofit organization’s nationwide campaign for 2018-19.
Among the local leaders participating as United Way ambassadors for the “United We Fight” campaign on Georgia’s coast are Shawn Williams, executive director of Coastal Outreach Soccer; Paulo Albuquerque, area manager for Georgia Power; Randal Morris, senior manager of public affairs for Georgia-Pacific; Scott Steilen, president and CEO of the Sea Island Company; Paul McKenzie, pastor of Bethel Evangel Community Church and director of legal compliance for Glynn County Public Schools; Judy Dodd, marketing director for Darien Telephone Company; Dr. Oatanisha Dawson, principal of Goodyear Elementary School.